MFA Studio program brings lecture series to campus February 12 through March 12, 2019
Author: School of Art + Design
Posted: February 7, 2019

PSU MFA Studio Practice will host a series of lectures and conversations throughout the winter term. There will be two Visiting Artist Lectures held at the 5th Avenue Cinema that will feature an in-depth look at the artist’s history, their practices, and research. Three Lunchtime Critical Conversations will be held in our BFA program workspace. These more intimate conversations will focus on provoking thoughtful discussions about personal endeavors and art practices. Join us for these opportunities to connect with these five artists.

The PSU MFA Studio Practice Cohort who brought together this series are Alex Woodward, Alex Bissonnette, Devin Bender, Johnny Beaver, Emma Duehr, Samantha Ollstein 
under the guidance of A+D faculty Ralph Pugay.

Lectures happen at the 5th Avenue Cinema
Portland State University, 510 SW Hall St, Portland, OR 97201

Critical Conversations happen in BFA Workspace (AB 60)
Portland State University, Art Building Annex, 1990 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

All events are FREE and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

Evening Lecture: Porpentine Charity Heartscape
2/12 7-8:30PM - 5th Avenue Cinema

Porpentine Charity Heartscape is a writer, new media artist, game designer, and dead swamp milf in Oakland. She makes cursed artifacts and records the endless war. She is a 2016 Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab fellow, a 2017 recipient of Rhizome’s Prix Net Art Award, and a 2016 Tiptree fellow. Heartscape has exhibited at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York, the New Museum, New York, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She is the author of With Those We Love Alive, Howling Dogs, and Almanac of Girlswamp War Territory.


Evening Lecture: Samiya Bashir
2/19 7-8:30PM - 5th Avenue Cinema

Sometimes Samiya Bashir makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. Her work had been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, and Oxford comma'd. Her most recent book of poetry, Field Theories, which won the Oregon Book Award for poetry in 2018, wends its way through quantum mechanics, chicken wings and Newports, love and a shoulder's chill, melding black body theory (idealized perfect absorption, as opposed to the white body's idealized reflection) with real live Black bodies in poems that span lyric, narrative, dramatic, and multi-media experience.


Critical Conversation Series: Bruce Burris
2/26 12-1:00pm - BFA Workspace AB60

Bruce Burris moved to Oregon in 2014. He has worked in the field of art and disability culture for over 40 years, founding programs and community initiatives designed to support artists, with a particular focus on artists considered by some to experience intellectual differences. In addition to Bruce’s studio practice, he is Director of CEI ArtWorks located in Corvallis, Oregon. 


Critical Conversation Series: Hannah Piper Burns
3/5 12-1:00pm - BFA Workspace AB60

Hannah Piper Burns is guided by the vibrations of her interior life against the forces and instruments of popular culture, and the axioms “as above, so below” and “not either/or, but both and yes.” Her project-based multimedia practice evokes ambivalent embodiment, intimacy with complicity and metaphysical mundanity. She plays fast and loose with the idea of mediums and materials.


Critical Conversation Series: Samantha Wall
3/12 12-1:00pm - BFA Workspace AB60

Samantha Wall is an artist working in Portland, Oregon. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Wall immigrated to the United States as a child. Wall’s images explore identity through the push and pull of cultural diaspora and human interconnectedness. Her monochromatic figure drawings feature meticulously drawn women who embody Wall’s interest in navigating multicultural experiences.


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